Thursday, September 26, 2019

US returns coffin stolen and smuggled from Egypt

US authorities have returned a stolen coffin to Egypt, two years after it was acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The 2,100-year-old coffin of a priest called Nedjemankh was featured in an exhibit housing artefacts from Egypt.

The stolen antique was sold to the museum by a global art trafficking network, which used fraudulent documents, officials said.

The gilded coffin was looted and smuggled out of Egypt in 2011.

"Thus far our investigation has determined that this coffin is just one of hundreds of antiquities stolen by the same multinational trafficking ring," Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said at a repatriation ceremony in New York.


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